Monday, February 6, 2017

From Israel to New York

After a long day of sightseeing and a wonderful farewell dinner at THE OLIVE AND FISH, we all got on the bus and headed to Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport.  The drive there was uneventful and we all got our luggage out of the bottom of the bus and checked in.

Unfortunately, after we got on the plane, we were told there was a problem causing a delay.  One of the side doors needed a new shaft.  Some passengers got to wait in the airport, but those who had already boarded were stuck in our seats for an extra hour or so while the repairmen did their work.  The pilot had announced that he was hoping it would be repaired quickly before the CURFEW after which no planes are allowed to fly.  I was so tired that I fell asleep while the repairs were completed.  So, our departure was delayed for an hour or so and then we were on our way.  

It was a VERY long flight, I think about twelve hours.  Peg and I got up three or four times and walked around which helped.  We were served two very good meals.  The breakfast of omelette, roll and cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and small salad was particularly good.  It was a kosher meal.

After landing at JFK, the trouble began.  It seemed like we went through twenty various checkpoints and we often wondered if we were headed in the right direction.  Our trip planner K.C.  was not available to help us out.   After a lot of frustrations including when they refused  to check Horace's large suitcase, we had a very long walk to our terminal.  David and Peggy stopped to have pizza, but I trudged along and found most of our group at the terminal.  I purchased a sandwich at a nearby shop and took a seat.  

Our plane from JFK to Buffalo was small but very comfortable and it was a very short trip.  Our luggage was there!!! Here is some of our group retrieving theirs. 
Davids brother Ken was there to meet us and help us get our luggage to his car and we had an uneventful drive to my house.   David and Peggy retrieved Petra from the upstairs apartment.  

I tried to stay awake until a reasonable time but gave in around five thirty or six pm and went to bed!

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Shortly after I moved to Lockport, I was able to locate an old friend from my elementary school days, Marty Bowman.  I think we were friends until the end of eighth grade when she left to go to boarding school, I think in Florida.  A few years after that Barb and I ran into her in Pontillo's and we talked for a couple of minutes and then lost contact until I moved back.  She graduated from that boarding school, married and had one daughter and has lived in Lockport all her adult life.  Her husband passed away in 2014 and she lives not too far from me.

Elaine and I and Marty went to adult coloring together once and also had lunch at LaPorts another day.    Her birthday is this coming Saturday and Elaine and I wanted to help her celebrate it.  We decided to go out to lunch and then to the Palace to see MOANA
We picked her up at her house and I went inside for a few minutes so she could show me her apartment (very nice) and then we had lunch at SCRIPTS CAFE, which is right next to the Palace.  We had a great lunch: half a sandwich and a cup of soup, and then we went to the Palace.

The movie was pretty good (for animated) and we were given free popcorn as we left the theatre.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Gordy's and Vidlers and Geocaching (first 2017 Adventure)

My sister Gail had her birthday in August.  My other sister (Peggy) and I have been wanting to take her out to lunch to celebrate it, but it just was not happening.  Today Peggy and I decided to do something and it was a perfect chance to offer Gail a chance for her birthday lunch at one of her favorite places GORDY HARPER'S BAZAAR.

I arrived about fifteen minutes early so that I could browse in the small shops.  I didn't find anything that I wanted to purchase.

We had a nice lunch together.  I had a fruit cup and a cinnamon/banana french toast.  Both were good.
After that, Gail and I went to East Aurora so that we could go to Vidler's
and do some geocaching.  We found three geocaches and had two DNF's.  We were surprised at how many museums East Aurora has, since many of the geocaches we looked for were at various museums.  I hope to return to the Millard Fillmore House someday.

I purchased a salt and pepper shaker set and a Christmas ornament at Vidlers.  It was a fun afternoon.

Monday, December 26, 2016

MoMo''s and Post Christmas Shopping 12/26/16

Peggy asked me if I wanted to go DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS Shopping with her and I agreed.  We set out from my house around ten thirty a.m. and headed out "the transit"towards Eastern Hill Mall.  We went to BonTon and J.C. Penneys at the mall.  We found some nice "day bags" in  BonTon which were marked fifty percent off and we were able to use an additional coupon for another ten dollars off.  I purchased a brown one and Peggy chose a black one.  We plan to use the bags when we go sightseeing in Israel in February.

I noticed MoMo's Mongolian Grill (where Shogun used to be)

across from the mall and suggested that we check it out as a possibility for lunch.  I was concerned that it would be expensive but when we found out that it was only $10.50 for all you can eat, we decided to try it.  It was a good decision.

The variety of meats, starches and vegetables (and even a couple of fruits) and sauces was huge!

After loading a bowl up, you take it to the check with the huge wok and he grills it up.  
Peg and I each had three servings.  It was fun to design our own plates and try out the different sauces and spices.  

After lunch we headed down to JoAnnes, Hobby Lobby and also went to WalMart.  On the way back to Lockport we stopped at WalGreens.  

It was a fun but kind of tiring day.  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016 at my house

Once again, I had Christmas Dinner at my house.  My guests were Peggy, David, Scott, Katherine Becky, Karra and Carrie.  Dinner was planned for 3:30 p.m.

I spent the morning cleaning and cooking.  The menu was
HAM (that David cooked and brought)
pineapple sauce for the ham (that Peggy made and brought)
baked beans
winter squash casserole
rolls and butter
macaroni and cheese (new crockpot recipe)
raisin sauce for the ham

desert was Cherry Crumb pie (that Katherine brought)
and Strawberry Rhubarb pie that Becky brought.
plus I offered dark chocolate Christmas bark and Chex Mix

Everything was delicious.  Becky brought scented candles in small cast iron
frying pans for all the ladies.  I lit mine (vanilla) after everyone had left.

After Becky, Catherine and Karra left, Peggy and David and Carrie and I exchanged gifts.

In the evening, I called my grandkids and talked with them.  Christa called me and we talked for a while.

It was a great day!

Saturday, December 17, 2016


A couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad in Lockport's paper for a buffet lunch at SAVOR the restaurant run by students of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.  I told Peggy about it and she wanted to go so I made reservations for twelve thirty today.

We arrived right on time and were given a good table.  Our server was "David" and he was very good.   Every item I tried on the buffet (except for the brussels sprout) was delicious. This was my salad plate(the first course).
 The prime rib melted in my mouth.
 The huge scallops were outstanding and the roasted carrots were TO DIE FOR.

The desert table was absolutely EXCITING!!!!
There was a GINGERBREAD house contest on  display in the lobby, here are pictures of a couple:  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Afternoon with Karra

Karra mentioned that she would like to do something special for Christmas with me.  She suggested going to see SCROOGE, but that did not interest me.

We set today as the day to go out to lunch and to Mennes.  However, we could not find Mennes so we quickly changed our plans.  We had lunch at Sawyers Creek Hotel.  I assume it used to be a hotel.
and we were both happy with the service, setting and the food.  

Then we went to Pellicano's Italian Market.
 Both Karra and I purchased several items.

Then we stopped at WillCare and talked with Diana for a while and picked up our appreciation gifts, which are very nice insulated coffee mugs.  

We took a different way home.  It was a nice afternoon.